And Yet More Progress
This is oddly thrilling, it looks all official somehow. Though to be fair, it's become ever so slightly less thrilling as they've sat in my living room for four days. I'm one of those nuts who really wants a tidy house. I like everything put away. I clean off my desk at the end of every day so there's nothing but the computer, its gizmos, and a lamp. So the pile of boxes is driving me a wee bit batty. But, that little bit of batty is providing excellent motivation. Yesterday I took all of these to the post office. [...]
Ready, Set, Pack
The books come tomorrow. These are some (some I tell you, some...not all, some) of the envelopes destined to bring the books to you. All envelopes are addressed. Many have had postage affixed. I have a feeling the next few days will be something of a blur. Do pardon me if it takes me a day or two to recover. Oh, and Douglas kitten back there in the window...he's one year old today. I'll give him some extra stinky cat food and lots of belly scritches for you.
Sooooo, anyone wanna see what's sitting on my shelf? That looks suspiciously like a book. A real live physical book. The kind with ink and pages. The kind you can pick up and hold and sniff and give yourself a papercut with. And guys...it's likely immodest to say this, but wow does it look good. I love the e version too, but somehow the paper one always wins first place in my heart. So, what does this mean for the folks who have ordered the book? Well, the ones on the shelf are the author advance copies (the printer sends [...]
All is Lost
It is possible that I've spent too much time proofreading in the last few days. I'm not sure, but it seems likely. The hissy fit I just threw because I could not find the particular green pen that I'm using to make corrections on this print out might be a hint. The three minute rant I delivered to the cats (no I cannot just use another pen, no not even another green pen, it has to be that pen or else it won't match the edits I've already made and the.world.will.end) could be another hint. As could the fact that [...]
Curiouser and Curiouser
The Boy and I have reservations at a very nice restaurant tonight. If you've been reading a while, you might recall that I mentioned that the book writing process has surprisingly few moments where it feels like you've really reached a milestone. There are lots of concurrent steps, and just because you've finished one doesn't mean you don't have 4 other things to do. I found that distressing last time around, and I vowed to celebrate all the milestones I could with this one. And I've reached one. The website for Book the Second is officially live today. Any chance [...]
This weekend was not productive. I did not clean my house. I did not do my laundry. I did not proof the book. I did not write up a new pattern. I didn't even knit. I ate tasty food. I read books (fiction books...not scholarly books...an unheard of luxury). I may have even had a tiny little nap. And I played games. Lots and lots of games. Douglas approved and was happy to help. He seemed to prefer this one, as the box makes an excellent kitten nest. But fear not, there was quite a lot of actual productive work [...]
We've established that patience isn't my strong suit. Not really at all. And we've established that one of the oh-so-very-nifty things about having your very own website and writing your very own books is that you can more or less do what you want. And I've also confessed that the pictures came and that I like them. Taking these three things together has led me to the conclusion that I can show you a picture if I want to. Just one for now...I want there to still be plenty of good stuff when the website is ready. But for the [...]
Saturday Evening Post
I had two things I was supposed to do this weekend. Usually those things happen on Sunday evening. This weekend, I was feeling unusually noble and productive, so I did them on Saturday morning. Most of this week has been spent with my ears attuned to the tromp of the postman's step on the porch. I've been (none too patiently) waiting for the photos for the book. Just as I sat down to work on Saturday, I heard the postman come. I decided it was a reward for my virtue and dashed to the door. Bills -- no pics. I [...]
There’s a Plan
I'm a firm believer in the importance of plans. The current stage of Book the Second's plan involves double checking everything on paper. The way I do this is to *print it all out, read it, and make notes (the kind in ink on paper) of problems, go back to the computer, make the changes. Repeat from *. Once this gets to the point where I can't find any more errors, I put it aside for a day or two. Then I read it over once more. Usually something else makes itself apparent. But eventually...eventually you get to a new [...]
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